It’s the end of January, and you know what that means: Tax season is now officially upon us. This year’s filing season is likely to be even more challenging due to pandemic-related changes, such as the expanded child tax credit and additional stimulus payment. Luckily, the Internal Revenue Service is partnering with national and local organizations to provide tax services to individuals with incomes at or below $57,000, persons with disabilities, or those 60 years old or older at no cost to the taxpayer. For qualified taxpayers looking for a free, easy way to file this year, the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program is available at several organizations throughout the area.
University of Southern Indiana
Accounting students in the University of Southern Indiana’s Romain College of Business will offer free federal and state income tax preparation as part of the VITA program. Sessions will be held by appointment only at 5 p.m. and 6:45 p.m. on Monday evenings through March 21 in the Business and Engineering Center on USI’s campus. Individuals who schedule an appointment are required to bring their tax information, photo identification, and Social Security cards for themselves and any dependents. Return preparations will take approximately 90 minutes to complete and will be filed electronically unless the individual prefers a paper return. Masks or face coverings are required during the visit.
To schedule an appointment, call the Romain College of Business at 812-464-1718.
United Way of Southwestern Indiana
The United Way of Southwestern Indiana is once again offering VITA services in Southwestern Indiana by tax preparers certified by the IRS. Last year alone, 758 tax returns were filed through the United Way of Southwestern Indiana’s VITA program, generating more than $963,000 in state and federal refunds. Participants are required to bring a proof of identification, Social Security card, wage and earning statements, proof of bank account routing numbers for direct deposit, and a copy of last year’s federal and state returns if available, as well as any advanced child tax credits or stimulus check notices. COVID-19 precautions will apply, and all clients must wear a mask. No walk-ins will be allowed.
To schedule an appointment, visit unitedwayswi.org/vita-program/.
Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library
The Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library is partnering with AARP to provide tax aid sessions through April 12 as part of the VITA programs. Qualified individuals can schedule an appointment at one of the participating locations: Red Bank, Central, McCollough, Oaklyn, and North Park. Proper photo identification as well as Social Security cards, income statements, checking or savings account information, and any tax deduction or credit forms are required. Masks must be worn while inside the buildings.
To schedule an appointment, call one of EVPL five participating branch locations or visit evpl.org.
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